COSTA MESA, Calif.—To celebrate his son’s 10th birthday, attorney Dominic Chacon decided to take his family to see Shen Yun Performing Arts. The experience left his whole family thrilled, especially the birthday boy.
“I can see by the joy in his face during the performance, how much it meant to him and it was very special to us,” Chacon said, adding that the idea to see Shen Yun originated from his son Honor Chacon, a fourth grader, who is studying Mandarin and Asian culture.
The family saw the traditional dance and music performance at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa, California on April 21. New York-based Shen Yun is performing at sold-out performances across the globe with the mission to revive genuine traditional culture—something that is nearly lost under communist rule.
Chacon, who owns his own law firm in California, said the performance touched his heart as the experience to see different cultures and dances was enriching.
“You know which one I thought was that probably touched my heart the most, was the one that the divine clouds, or the fairies in the cloud,” Chacon said, referring to a classical Chinese dance piece.
His son Honor said he really cherished the unique experience to learn more about Chinese culture.
“It’s very unique. I would say was it would be a once in a lifetime experience. I think that all people should have that,” the 10-year-old student said.
He was particularly captivated by the humor portrayed throughout the performance.
“I really liked the humor like inside the different shows. Like they didn’t use too much, but at the same time, they didn’t use too little of it,” he said. “Just the right amount of humor.”
Meanwhile, Chacon complimented Shen Yun for its efforts to bring back China’s semi-divine culture through performing arts.
“I thought they did very well. There’s a lot of stuff that obviously as a Westerner that we’re not aware of or anything like that. And I think that the show brought a lot of the Chinese culture to life, and shed light on what we don’t know as Westerners, so it was awesome,” Chacon said.
“I would just definitely recommend this show to anybody. It was definitely a strong cultural performance and I think it just helps you further your spirituality. I would definitely recommend it for anyone,” he added.
With reporting by Jana Li.
The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time and has covered audience reactions since the company’s inception in 2006.